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Wear OS by Google might finally have a health-focused update

Wear OS by Google might finally have a health-focused update

While they may have more variety, smartwatches powered by Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, severely lag behind the Apple Watch in both sales and attention. Despite not having changed significantly in its design, Apple's smartwatch has the lion's share of the market and news coverage primarily thanks to its health features, especially those that end up saving lives. Google may finally be taking notice, at least based on a survey it sent out. Hopefully, it won't be too little too late for the tech giant that now owns Fitbit.

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Wireless sweat sensor can help quantify astronaut stress levels

Wireless sweat sensor can help quantify astronaut stress levels

Although it is a condition common to all humans (and even animals), stress is harder to objectively describe than you might think. It is partly subjective, which is why questionnaires rarely work, and the tests used to determine stress levels are not only slow but also stress-inducing themselves. A convenient and noninvasive way to detect and measure stress levels could go a long way in preventing it or giving immediate treatment and that's exactly what a new paper-thin sensor promises to deliver.

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Timex’s new GPS smartwatch pairs 25 day battery with a surprising price

Timex’s new GPS smartwatch pairs 25 day battery with a surprising price

Timex has revealed its latest GPS smartwatch, with the Ironman R300 GPS putting the focus mainly on fitness rather than just reminding you of all your unread messages and emails. While it may not look like much from the outside, with its tough rubber body, the wearable should deliver on battery life.

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Tempo smart home gym combines weightlifting and machine vision

Tempo smart home gym combines weightlifting and machine vision

Yet another smart home gym has been announced, this one called Tempo. With a schedule to start shipping later this summer, Tempo will offer buyers a large home weightlifting system that includes a 42-inch display and machine learning. Users can expect a variety of workouts, as well as mobility and strength training. All of this is combined with 3D motion sensors and more.

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Strava finally syncs with the Apple Health on the Apple Watch

Strava finally syncs with the Apple Health on the Apple Watch

One of the benefits of having a smartwatch these days is being able to track your activities, sometimes even without a paired smartphones in your pocket. Part of that is made possible because of how fitness-related apps sync between phone and wearable or even with the phone's default health app. Fitness app Strava, however, was an outlier in that regard until today. Now it finally allows users to get data from the Apple Health app on the Apple Watch or even send its own data to Apple's Health center.

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Green tea extract may target common liver issue, but exercise is key

Green tea extract may target common liver issue, but exercise is key

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a common health problem with no single standard treatment option. If allowed to progress unchecked, the condition may lead to liver damage, making it important to address whatever health issue resulted in the disease. Obesity is a major factor in the development of this condition, which may be reduced by combining exercise with commonly available green tea extracts.

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Boosting brain function may be as simple as regular aerobics

Boosting brain function may be as simple as regular aerobics

Regularly participating in an aerobic activity like cycling or briskly walking on a treadmill may have a noticeable effect on your brain's executive functions, according to a new study. The research was approached with a focus on slowing the progression of -- or potentially preventing -- Alzheimer's disease. The study involved around two dozen people who were healthy but lived a sedentary lifestyle.

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Study finds a type of music that makes exercise seem easier

Study finds a type of music that makes exercise seem easier

With the exception of certain niche activities, exercise is generally performed with music in the background. The audio does more than keep the mind entertained while the body gets its daily fitness routine in, according to a new study published in Frontiers of Psychology. Researchers found that a specific type of music has a profound effect on the way the mind perceives the exercise and how much of a benefit someone gets during the session.

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Study links exercise intensity to different mood and attention benefits

Study links exercise intensity to different mood and attention benefits

Exercise, whether low-intensity or high-intensity, is beneficial from a health standpoint. However, not all exercise has the same effect on the brain, according to a new study, with certain types offering benefits related to things like attention and other types offering benefits related to mood. The findings may help shape exercise routines designed specifically to help treat mood or attention disorders.

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Polar H9 promises an accurate heart rate sensor for beginners

Polar H9 promises an accurate heart rate sensor for beginners

Wearables have lately shifted their focus from having the latest smart features and apps to boasting about fitness tracking and health-related sensors. Almost all smartwatches these days boast of some form of heart rate monitor or another, some even touting ECG sensors in their tiny bodies. Despite the ubiquity of such wearables, Polar believes it has something special to offer, especially with the new Polar H9, its most affordable dedicated heart rate monitor yet.

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Crunch Fitness just made Apple Watch the key to cheaper gym membership

Crunch Fitness just made Apple Watch the key to cheaper gym membership

Apple's smartwatch may not be the only fitness tracker out there, but it's shaping up to be the one more people will choose to wear to get the most out of their gym memberships - and even make them cheaper. Crunch Fitness has announced a new Apple Watch app which - if you're working out at a Crunch Signature location - will offer special features both before and during a session.

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Under Armor smart scale suddenly becomes dumb as plugged pulled silently

Under Armor smart scale suddenly becomes dumb as plugged pulled silently

A lot of mundane appliances and equipment today are becoming smart, that is they are able to connect to the Internet to do fancy stuff. At the very least, they let users track certain pieces of data, especially when it comes to smart fitness devices. Unfortunately, all that actually depends on a device's ability to connect to some service somewhere over the 'net, a truth that owners of Under Armor's trio of health devices are finding now finding out the hard way.

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